Love shouldn’t hurt.
Love should make your heart soar – not break it apart
Love should make you feel safe – not broken and vulnerable.
I don’t want to feel like this anymore.
Anger shouldn’t be all-consuming.
Anger at her for leaving me
Anger at her for showing for me that life could be more – and making me crave it.
I don’t want to feel like this anymore.
Two damaged people, free-falling through life.
Two friends. Two choices. Two questions.
If you’re unable to save yourself, can you really help anyone else?
Can happy-ever-afters exist if you no longer believe in fairy tales?
Reviewed by Stephanie
Free Falling is the third book in the Fighting Free series by GL Chapple and although some characters appeared in the previous two books this can be read as a stand-alone. I didn’t realize until after I read the book that it was the third in the series and I didn’t feel lost at all. This was a good story, with characters that kept me interested from start to finish. Though it did touch on some heavier subjects I thought it was a pretty light and quick read.
In this story we meet Marcus who is a mess after losing the women he loves in a tragic accident. Not knowing the best way to deal with the gravity of the loss he spends his time drowning his sorrows in a bottle and bed hopping with random women. He didn’t have the best role models for a relationship growing up and was sort of jaded so he was struggling to come to terms with everything that happened.
“ I should have told you every single day how much you meant to me.”
Maddie is best friends with Marcus’s sister and when she needs a place to crash after splitting with her controlling and verbally abusive boyfriend she finds herself taking up residence in the spare room at Marcus’s house. The two inadvertently spend some time together and wind up becoming good friends. It’s really cute how they text each other random nonsense throughout the book. I liked how their relationship developed at a slow pace, they didn’t rush into things.
“ You make me feel alive. You make me want more. You make me want to try.”
It gets a little bumpy when Maddie’s ex comes back and she starts to question where she truly belongs and if what she thinks she feels for Marcus is real. Marcus cares for Maddie but because of his past he is afraid and is struggling with what to do. So he does what he thinks he has to and gives her the space she needs to figure out what she wants but will she come back and give them a chance or will she stay? This is the story of two broken people who are trying their best to find love and happiness, and I was rooting the whole story that they would find it with each other.
“You made me believe in fairy tales again and I get to live my own every single day.”
Friends told me how sorry they were – but it wasn’t their fault. They told me I needed to move on – as if it were that fucking easy, and I could just pick up and carry on. They apologised for my loss – as if I’d misplaced an item of value, instead of the person that had helped hold me together, all the broken, messed-up pieces of me…It devalued her and everything that we had, and I hated that they could make such stupid, thoughtless and ridiculous statements. I knew they cared and I knew they were concerned, but it took all my willpower not to punch them and tell them to fuck off and leave me alone. I couldn’t give them what they wanted from me. I didn’t want to talk. I didn’t want to feel…
GL Chapple is a welsh author that strongly believes she was born in the wrong country. She lives for hot, sunny days (of which there are never enough in her country of birth and residence!) Despite this, she can often be found at the beach with her husband and two young children. She has always loved to read and write and promised herself, one day, she would have a book bearing her name on her shelf. She will read almost any genre and despite her belief that the kindle ranks in the top ten of inventions, she still loves cuddling up with a paperback. She writes what she loves to read about: stories with heart, humour and heat.